Rhubarb Juice has some amazing health benefits including fighting inflammation, lowering cholesterol level, strengthening bones, relieving constipation and improving digestive health. It is also reported to reduce cancer risk, help with diabetes, boost immunity, and improves eyesight.
Probably due to its main use as a dessert, rhubarb is generally considered a fruit. However, considering its botanical classification it is is definitely a vegetable. It grows with short, thick stalks and large heart-shaped leaves. Its thick-red stalks, which have a resemblance to celery and taste quite sour, are actually the only edible part of this plant.
Other parts, particularly the leaves of Rhubarb, contain a high concentration of oxalates, which may be harmful for individuals who have history of kidney problems.
Rhubarb Crumble Smoothie
If you've eaten rhubarb it was probably stewed with some sugar or mixed with apple and had a tasty crumble topping. Often enjoyed with custard after a Sunday lunch a rhubarb crumble is a great family favourite. However, with all that sugar and fat there are much healthier ways to enjoy rhubarb, which is where our Rhubarb Crumble smoothie comes in!
Made with rhubarb and apple juice, blended with cinnamon and oats, it tastes delicious with its sweet sharpness and really does remind you of an rhubarb crumble.
Alzheimer’s disease: Rhubarb contains a substantial amount of Vitamin K. This vitamin is useful for the brain. With adequate amount of this vitamin, the body can limit neuronal damage in the brain. This is beneficial for treating brain disorders, particularly Alzheimer’s.
Bone Problems: The rich vitamin K that is found in rhubarb stalks is essential for bone development, thus, great for individuals who are at risk of osteoporosis and other bone disorders. It is also rich in calcium that is needed for bone development and growth.
Cancer: A great source of antioxidants, rhubarb is one of many vegetables that are beneficial for fighting and preventing cancer development.
Cholesterol: Rhubarb contains low-levels of sodium and saturated-fats, which is useful for individuals who have high cholesterol levels.
Diabetes: Studies have shown that rhubarb is rich in stilbenoid compound as well as other essential nutrients that help lower blood glucose levels.
Digestive disorders: Rhubarb rhizomes (stems) contain a good amount of dietary fibre and natural laxative properties, which are great for digestive health. Individuals who are suffering from constipation and diarrhea should include rhubarb in their diet regularly.
Immunity: Rhubarb is an excellent source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps improves the body’s immune system.
Vision: Thanks to the beta-carotene, precursor of vitamin A in this vegetable, it is useful for improving vision and repair skin cells. It also has phytochemical such as lutein, which is beneficial for eyesight. If you have an eye problem, including rhubarb in your diet is a great help.
As mentioned, rhubarb leaves contain high-levels of oxalates, a toxic substance, that may be harmful. Only eat the edible part, which is the stems, and disregard the leaves.